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SMEs failing to exploit blogs, says study

Only 3% of SMEs are planning to start a corporate blog, according to a survey by hosting provider Fasthosts.

The firm, which questioned 2,000 small businesses, found nearly half would use a blog to drive traffic and interact with their customers, but far fewer were actually preparing to launch one.

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News Corp targets graduates with Milkround purchase

News Corp has continued its internet shopping spree with the purchase of UK graduate recruitment site Milkround.com.

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Amazon gives search engine a facelift

Amazon has scaled back its A9 search engine by canning personalised features and no longer requiring users to log in.

The etailer removed the functions late last week, with a spokesperson telling the Associated Press it was "shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers."

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Yahoo! aims to foster Mail mash-ups

Yahoo! is planning to give free access to code for its Mail service in a bid to encourage mash-ups and independent application development.

The move, which will happen later this year, was announced as part of a ‘Yahoo! Hack Day’ aimed at helping programmers to build apps using the portal’s various services.

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Online gambling sector in crisis after US ban

Shockwaves have been sent through the online gaming industry after the unexpected approval of anti-gambling legislation late on Friday in the US.

The laws – the first in the States to deal specifically with internet gaming - ban banks and credit card companies from processing payments for bets placed over the web.

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Big brands fail in a world without www

I often browse the web by grabbing text and dragging it into my Google Toolbar, which will open a new search page. It will open up a website for me, in the event that I drag a domain name into the search window.

I don’t expect I’m alone in exhibiting this kind of search behaviour, but there is a problem. Many firms, including some big brands, do not cater for a www-less version of their domain name.

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Local search gains momentum, says study

A study by ComScore , focusing on the US, has shown an increase of over 40% in the number of users performing local searches online in the last year.

According to the research, 63% of US internet users (around 109 million people) performed a local search during July, a 43% increase over the same month in 2005.

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Mike Rundle throws stones at Luddite VCs, Arrington and Godin

Mike Rundle has written a post called The Catch-22 of Web 2.0 in which he says he feels like “the only person seeing certain things happen – like watching a train wreck in slow motion”.

Mike is a top web designer who makes some cynical points that don’t make too much sense from where I’m sitting.

So let’s go through them one by one…

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Operators in talks over ‘Mobile Bebo’

Bebo is in discussions with mobile operators over the launch of a range of text messaging services in the first quarter of next year.

The companies plan to use SMS to extend Bebo’s functionality onto mobiles, unlike the WAP-based services being developed by some of its rivals.

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Mark Cuban: only a 'moron' would buy YouTube

Dotcom billionaire Mark Cuban is one person that can be ruled out of the bidding for YouTube  – he has reportedly said that only a “moron” would purchase the video-sharing site.

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Hitwise: the web helps measure offline ads

Some new research from Hitwise has given an interesting insight into how an online component in media campaigns can be used to measure the effectiveness of offline ad spend.

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Currys to launch online movie and music sales

Currys has announced plans to launch a low-cost online DVD and CD store aimed at undercutting major offline and online retailers. 

The electrical goods firm said it would offer around 180,000 CDs and 40,000 DVDs for purchase online, with free delivery and chart and new releases priced from £8.99 and £12.99 respectively.

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